This film clip, viewable in the "Gallery" section of this item, features colour scenes of New Forest ponies, taken from the TVS Country Ways Series 6: Beaulieu Heath in April, shown in 1989. The presenter was Jim Flegg.
In the film clip, lasting 1 minute 57 seconds, Jeffrey Kitcher of Furzey Lane, Beaulieu, who operates a timber business in the Forest and is a New Forest verderer, talks about his life and work.
The ten verderers of the New Forest are a group, some elected and some appointed, who have responsibility for the commoners' animals in the Forest, for enforcing the forest laws, and for safeguarding the landscape, wildlife and character of the Forest.
At the time of the broadcast, visitor numbers to the Forest were increasing.
The complete episode from which this clip is taken can be viewed at Wessex Film and Sound Archive at Hampshire Archives and Local Studies.
The franchise for the ITV area formerly held by TVS during the 1980s is now covered by ITV Meridian. The TVS studios at the time were located at the Television Centre, alongside the River Itchen just north of Northam Bridge in Southampton.
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